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Abdelkader returned to Grand Rapids

Thursday, 10.8.2009 / 12:01 PM ET / News
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Red Wings on Thursday assigned center Justin Abdelkader to the Griffins, their AHL affiliate. Abdelkader, 22, played in both of the Wings’ season-opening games in Sweden last weekend, going scoreless with two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.

The Muskegon, Mich., native was named to the American Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team last season, when he finished second on Grand Rapids and ranked eighth among AHL rookies with 52 points (24-28—52). His 24 goals tied teammate Francis Pare for the most ever by a first-year Griffin, while his 102 PIM were the most ever for a Griffins center.

After leading the Griffins with six goals in 10 games during the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs, Abdelkader gained national recognition for his postseason performance with the Red Wings. He became the first player in history to score his first two NHL goals in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, after also becoming the first player since current Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek (1991 Pittsburgh) to score his first NHL goal in the finals.

Abdelkader will travel with the Griffins (1-0-0-0) tomorrow as they prepare for their second game of the season this Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. EDT against the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum.





STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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